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Jun 24, 2018 - Arkansas-The Natural State

Our next stop after leaving Nashville was West Memphis, Arkansas. We stayed at nice park along the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer RV. We had beautiful views of the Mississippi and it was a short drive across the river to Memphis. As we were crossing the bridge from Memphis to West Memphis we saw this large pyramid building and as we got closer we saw that it was a Bass Pro Shop. We were curious so we had to check it out. It is the largest Bass Pro Shop in the system and in our research, it is amongst the largest pyramids in the world to...

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East Bound and Down

Sep 29, 2017 - Hot Springs

Well, we made it to Arkansas and added another state sticker to our map of states that we have camped in. We drove from near Branson Missouri on Thursday - took us about 5 hours as we hauled Mo up and down the Ozark Mountains! We are staying in a resort called Catherine's Landing located on Lake Catherine just outside of Hot Springs. Neither Steve nor I have ever been in this part of the country so we put it on the list of places to stop at as we head to Texas for the winter. Catherine's Landing is a nice resort and we have a back-in site...

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2017 Life in our RV

May 1, 2017 - Camping in Arkansas

Rolled out of Mississippi,over the river, and into Arkansas. Made good time crossing the farmlands of Arkansas and the weather was dry, though much cooler. So, out of excuses, we set up camp in Hot Springs National Park at the Gulah Gorge campground. Lots of RV's, lots of road noise, and no showers but the price was right. New things we learned about Arkansas....they grow lots of rice here, they make chocolate gravy and have lots of rock shops.

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Sep 24, 2016 - Very Hot Springs, Arkansas

We drove to the War Memorial In Kansas City to line up our cars with those of our new American friends for a group photograph. The skyline of the city is stunning as are many of the buildings both old and new. It all looks prosperous and well organised. We drove through the pretty parts of Missouri and Arkansas, through agricultural areas and trees and, later on, mountains and more trees to get to Hot Springs. The day was uneventful apart from a disastrous lunch. We stopped in a town called Jasper and went into a cafe where we were joined...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Hot Springs and A mountain drive

Water! That is what brought people to Hot Springs originally and still brings them today. The U.S. Government protected the springs in 1832, 40 years before Yellowstone became a National Park. We are currently camping in the Gulpha Campground run by the National Park. Large pads, water, 50 amp service and sewer. so first thing was dump the tanks and then start a load of clothes. Then we are off to the d Center. The VC is located in one of the old bath houses. The gift shop in another and 2 more are still working bathhouses. May need to go...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Hot Springs

We decided to move toward Hot Springs a day early. It was an easy drive for Anne who was the driver in command for the whole day. We are camped in a very nice RV resort on the shores of Lake Catherine. We explored the area and decided Lake Catherine State Park is on our list of places to visit. We are reminiscing about our trip. Over 90 days on the road; over 6000 miles on the RV, and over 5000 miles on the Honda just exploring and seeing the sights. Memories from the trip. A lot of beautiful places. A lot of interesting people. And, new...

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May 19, 2016 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

Native Americans visited Hot Springs for thousands of years before Jefferson sent the Dunbar-Hunter Expedition to explore this part of the newly purchased Louisiana Territory in 1804. Once discovered by "civilization" it didn't take long for a bustling town to spring up providing services to folks who believed the mineral waters were good for the health. The town became known as the American Spa and wooden bath houses and hotels were built. By 1820 the town and its surrounding mountains were designated as a Federal Reservation, and in 1832...

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May 12, 2016 - Spoiled me day

My oh my in a different way. Now I know how the other half lives….or used to live. Or at least, used to live for a few hours in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I started my day with a leisurely morning in the campground. Since I am camping without power I made coffee in my beautiful French press. It was never in danger yesterday because it travels INSIDE the teardrop. After breakfast and giving a few tours of the camper I drove into town and began by strolling down “bathhouse row” and taking a guided tour at the National Park Visitor Center. It is...

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May 11, 2016 - Hang on Schmoopie, Schmoopie hang on!

Myohmyohmy…oh…my. Those of you who might be getting a little bored by “saw some great friends and walked on the beach”…hold on. If you’d rather not hear of my adventures, you may want to skip this episode. So the morning was a little dewy in the campground and I took my time packing things away, mostly because I was interrupted several times for teardrop tours. It seems several people had spied cute little “Schmoopie” (so named by Marvelous Marvin, the previous owner) while I was exploring the area and had been waiting two days to see it....

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May 19, 2015 - Little Rock & Hot Springs, AR

Little Rock The William J. Clinton Presidential Library We always include a tour of a presidential library whenever we are in the vicinity of one. We have found them all to be interesting, and educational, and we come away with new understandings of our country’s history. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library is one of the most current we’ve visited, and the design of the building is very modern: the interior is flooded with natural light, the main gallery is uncluttered, and the alcove exhibits have multimedia exhibits where...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Hot Springs Mountain Trails

Monday, April 20: Hot Springs Mountain Trails Route: East Grande->Spring St->Reserve St->Central Ave->Fountain St->Hot Springs Mtn Drive Weather: 50F and clear in the morning with a high of 69F and breezy in the afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 29.1mpg Highlights: - walking the many short trails around Hot Springs Mountain - having sunny, cool weather to relax at the campsite Hubby let me sleep until 7:00 this morning. It was a brisk, breezy morning and we had the whole day to walk the short trails in the National Park. We parked...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 19, 2015 - Hot Springs National Park

About Hot Springs National Park If its initial protection as a National Reservation in 1832 is considered, Hot Springs was the first area in America to be protected for its natural resources, even before Yellowstone was created in 1872. After the National Park Service was established in 1912, Hot Springs was the 18th area to become an official National Park. Its special natural resource, of course, is the hot water which trickles out via 47 different springs (most of which are now capped) from Hot Springs Mountain. With an average...

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Three USA Deserts

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